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Benjamin Walker in Talks for PARADISE LOST
This could be so good. It won't be though.Quote:
Benjamin Walker, the man who will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is in negotiations with Legendary Pictures to star in Alex Proyas’ adaptation of Paradise Lost. Walker is up for the role of Michael, the archangel engaged in an epic battle of good and evil with Lucifer (Bradley Cooper), who mounts an army after after he is cast out of heaven. Proyas is striving for a distinct and magnificent aesthetic with cutting-edge visual effects. Hunter was very impressed with what he saw at the Comic-Con panel, suggesting “this movie could be one of the most visually breathtaking things ever projected on the silver screen.” To give us a taste, Legendary released this enigmatic piece of concept art.
Proyas told Deadline:
“It’s not just armies battling in an epic war. This is an adventure about the origins of good and evil after Lucifer’s rebellion gets him cast out of Heaven and leads to a struggle with his brother archangel over the soul of mankind, starting with Adam and Eve. That is the scope of the narrative here, and we’ve tried to say as faithful as possible to Milton’s text, particularly its focus on Lucifer’s evolution and the birth of evil. It’s a family saga, about a group of brothers, two in particular, who are on divergent paths, and Lucifer’s feelings of betrayal by his father and family that forge his descent into evil.”
Proyas has plans for three major battle set pieces: one in heaven, another in hell, and a third in Eden. Proyas believes Cooper and Walker are the perfect duo to ground the action:
“I’ve sometimes thought that only an insane person would want to make this movie, because it’s visually audacious and has to live up to a classic poem that is so beloved. I don’t think the visuals could have been done justice until now, which is the great fun of being a film director in this modern age of visual effects. Despite all those possibilities, the characters are what’s most important. [Walker's] deal isn’t closed yet, but I think there’s a wonderful duality about Ben’s persona, this combination of great strength and perfect innocence that works so well for Michael. And Bradley is the most charming guy you’ll ever meet, with this extraordinary charisma. Lucifer was the brightest and smartest of the archangels, and even as he descended into evil and evolved into Satan, he’s not just some black-and-white villain. Bradley brings extraordinary depth to that journey.”
NPR is having an online poll as to the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy books ever written.
Vote For Top-100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Titles : NPR
you almost wish they wouldn't have merged genres as well... i mean stuff like the Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire and The Deed of Paksennarion for instance, fat out some late goodies like The Sparrow and Hardboiled-Wonderland.
i may even end up either ditching the short stuff as well or just going with those i think every promising nerd need read.
I'm printing that **** out as a shopping list!!!!
Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING Interview slice
At this year’s Comic-Con, I had the chance to talk with Underworld: Awakening directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein. Here’s a few of the highlights:
•The Comic-Con trailer will not be shown anywhere else. They were committed to not show any Lycans at Comic-Con. But there will be Lycans in the sequel, including several kinds that have never been seen before.
•Stein twice teases a “very important new character that will turn everything upside-down.”
•They are halfway through the editing process, which includes 750-800 effects shots to render in 3D.
•There is a 7-minute car chase that took five days to shoot and two-and-a-half weeks to edit.
•Stein and Marlind have a unique working relationship. They switch roles every day: one person in charge, one person is the director’s “best buddy.”
•3D changes how they film. Because of the camera size, it’s harder to throw the camera over your shoulder for an aggressive shot. But it has led Stein to pursue longer takes because the 3D looks better.
•The first trailer should be released soon.